Skip to Content

Renter-Friendly Ideas to Upgrade Your Walls

Wall with Plants and Paintings in Mill Valley RentalAs a Mill Valley renter, blank white walls are a very common sight. But when you think of an empty wall as a blank canvas, you suddenly have limitless opportunities. Using that empty wall to infuse your own personality into an otherwise impersonal space is entirely possible. Of course, you have to be careful not to alter or damage the wall as most landlords don’t really want that. Still, you have many options to safely decorate your rental home. Here are a few creative ideas to take you beyond empty walls without permanently altering or damaging the walls in your home.

Gallery Wall

One popular way to personalize an empty wall is by creating a gallery wall. A gallery wall is more than a few framed photographs; it is a coordinated display of art or photographs arranged with intent and an eye for design. Pick a theme color or art pieces in similar styles for a put-together look. Or tie a gallery wall together with frames of the same style or color. Or, go eclectic with different colors and frames, and make your wall reflect your unique personality! To prevent wall damage, it is best to use removable double-sided adhesives to hang each piece.

Natural Beauty

Another way to fill an empty wall with natural beauty is with plant shelves. Plants add relaxing greenery while freshening the air inside any home. Pots can also create a vibrant, custom look. It might not be a good idea to install hanging shelves. You might want to use a tall open bookshelf instead or removable adhesives to display your plants.

Tapestry or Fabric Wall Hanging

Hanging a tapestry, rug, or fabric wall is another unique look for an empty wall. For the crafty ones, making macrame art or weaving fabrics together will make a beautiful display. Or, you can buy a pretty piece of fabric, tapestry, or lightweight rug, and hang it on the wall. If you don’t want to display a big piece of fabric, try arranging several smaller ones in the space. Just ensure that you use removable hangers and adhesives.

Temporary Wallpaper

If hanging things on the wall still isn’t doing the trick, you can opt to put up temporary wallpaper on the empty wall instead. For renters who want an accent wall, this is a great alternative where you don’t have to paint or damage the wall to install it. From traditional to contemporary, temporary wallpaper comes in a variety of styles. You can choose from bold, bright colors to softer neutrals. The beauty of this is that you can safely remove the wallpaper when it’s time to move out, ensuring that you get your security deposit back.

Go 3-D

An empty wall is also a great canvas to showcase your collected items, from hats to baskets. Beautiful woven baskets or sunhats hung on the wall create a beautiful, unified display. You can easily use removable adhesives for these lightweight items and they leave a lasting impression on guests! Your wall will stand out with fun and personality when you use it to showcase your favorite 3-D things.


Are you looking for a new rental home that you can decorate to your heart’s content? The Mill Valley property managers at Real Property Management SonoMarin might have what you’re looking for. Check out our listings online today!

We are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the Nation. See Equal Housing Opportunity Statement for more information.

The Neighborly Done Right Promise

The Neighborly Done Right Promise ® delivered by Real Property Management, a proud Neighborly company

When it comes to finding the right property manager for your investment property, you want to know that they stand behind their work and get the job done right – the first time. At Real Property Management we have the expertise, technology, and systems to manage your property the right way. We work hard to optimize your return on investment while preserving your asset and giving you peace of mind. Our highly trained and skilled team works hard so you can be sure your property's management will be Done Right.

Canada excluded. Services performed by independently owned and operated franchises.

See Full Details